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Philippines: Retired Police Officer Wants to Use Square Foot Gardening to Rehabilitate Drug Offenders

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CAGAYAN DE ORO. Retired police officer Honorio Cervantes in his organic farm at Zone 5, Barangay Pagatpat, this city. An advocate of square foot gardening, he dreams that his gardening method will be a model project to the youth and even former drug personalities.

“As a farmer, I have this movement I call FAITH which means ‘Food Always in the Home’.

By Abigail Viguella
Sun Star
Oct 1, 2016

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A retired city police director and a barangay kagawad, Cervantes is aware of the inevitable dilemma of drug dependents who have already surrendered. The square foot urban gardening may be a venue for recovery and reconciliation with one’s self, he noted.

“It is amazing how far this project has come. Agriculture specialists, agriculture majors, and even common farming enthusiasts are now coming to my farm just to have me discuss this method to them,” said Cervantes.

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October 6, 2016   Comments Off on Philippines: Retired Police Officer Wants to Use Square Foot Gardening to Rehabilitate Drug Offenders

Philippines: Manila’s Urban Agri Trade Fair showcases products and services for urban farming

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These are sprouted vegetable seedlings which are harvested for salad soon after they have developed a few true leaves. They are very tender and nutritious.

Growing food plants in the urban setting can be undertaken as a personal hobby to grow plants for home consumption or it can also be undertaken as an honest-to-goodness money-making project

By Zac Sarian
MB.com
September 4, 2016

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Fresh vegetables and fruits as well as processed products will be available for sale to the visitors. Other items will include grow bags, growing media, seeds, ready-to-plant seedlings, planting materials of exotic fruit trees, organic fertilizers, garden tools, and many others.

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September 10, 2016   Comments Off on Philippines: Manila’s Urban Agri Trade Fair showcases products and services for urban farming

Philippines: A school for farmers, including one in the city

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Sen. Cynthia Villar urges landowners to put up their own schools for farmers, one school in every town for the convenience of farmer-trainees.

Let our school serve as a model for owners of farms and idle lands to set up their farm schools, train our farmers to improve their incomes and become agricultural entrepreneurs,” Senator Villar insists.

By Jullie Yap Daza
Manila Bulletin
August 28, 2016

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To practice what she has been preaching, Senator Villar put up her family’s Sipag Farm School, not in some out-of-the-way place but just 10 minutes from her home in Las Piñas. The school, at the boundary of Las Piñas and Bacoor City, sits in the middle of a seven-hectare property where fruit trees, bamboo, vegetables like eggplant and squash, herbs, orchids, and even wild flowers grow – it’s hard to imagine this patch of green in an urban setting, especially when you hear the roar of Molino Dam, a mini- Niagra Falls, whenever rain swells the tributaries from Cavite and Laguna and sends the cafe au lait-brown flood waters rushing and thundering past the senator’s cottage, under her feet, inches from the swimming pool.

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September 3, 2016   Comments Off on Philippines: A school for farmers, including one in the city

The ‘Agropolitan’ approach to development for the Philippines

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Architect Felinio Palafox Jr. recognized as Fellow in real estate management.

Ultimately, the agropolitan approach will discourage rural-urban migration through the dispersal of development in regions outside Metro Manila. Creating and opening urban growth centers outside the metropolis will help largely in decongesting it. It will also prevent people from leaving their hometowns to look for that very elusive “greener pasture.”

By Felino A. Palafox, Jr.
Manila Times
November 4, 2015

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The urban farming concept should be embraced by Metro Manila if it intends to improve its food resiliency efforts, especially if drought in the agricultural areas occurs. Homes and buildings can very much adopt this. Certain vegetables and fruits such as kangkong, a variety of tomato, eggplant, cabbage, and maybe even garlic, among others, can be grown locally in the community. In working with the urban poor, the indigenous people, and survivors of natural calamities, among others, Palafox Associates and Palafox Architecture Group have incorporated the concept of growing your own food in the design of affordable housing.

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November 11, 2015   Comments Off on The ‘Agropolitan’ approach to development for the Philippines

Urban Quail Raising in Quezon City, Philippines

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Attendees of the recent Agri-Kapihan at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City observe the quails that are being raised in a double deck module especially designed for raising quails in the urban areas.

One advantage of raising quails in the urban area is that it occupies very little space. The capital needed is also very modest and the gestation period is short. In 35 days after hatching, the birds will start to lay eggs.

by Zac Sarian
Manilla Bulletin
October 30, 2015

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Only a modest capital is needed to start a quail raising project in the city. The cost of the cage, the birds (it could be ready-to-lay birds), feeds and miscellaneous expenses could amount to just P3,450. The amount can be recovered in just several months.

Usually the cost of producing a quail egg is about 80 centavos, according to Jeffrey. The market price ex-farm is P1.25 apiece. So there is a 45-centavo margin per egg.

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November 5, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Quail Raising in Quezon City, Philippines

Philippines: Quezon City Vice-Mayor Maria Josefina “Joy” Belmonte’s campaign “The Joy of Urban Planting”

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Vice-Mayor Maria Josefina “Joy” Belmonte speaks during the Organic Fiesta at Quezon Memorial Circle. Photo by Chari T. Villegas

“When I started the program, the problem was the mind-set that farming isn’t compatible in the city. It’s all in the mind-set. You can do vertical garden or start with small containers,” said Ms. Belmonte

Business World Weekender
July 23, 2015

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The city currently has 68 farms of various sizes found in barangays, public elementary schools, daycare centers, parishes, and nongovernment organizations. The city works with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture, which provide financial grants.

But even if city farmers fail to bring their items to market, urban farming is still a win-win situation.

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July 31, 2015   Comments Off on Philippines: Quezon City Vice-Mayor Maria Josefina “Joy” Belmonte’s campaign “The Joy of Urban Planting”

Philippines launches a vegetable gardening project to be managed by schoolchildren

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Department of Agriculture launches “Gulayan sa Paaralan” in Muntinlupa City

Philippines Information Agency
May 18, 2015

MUNTINLUPA CITY, 18 May (PIA)–Hundreds of students, school and local government officials joined the launching of Gulayan sa Paaralan in Muntinlupa City.

Gulayan sa Paaralaan, a vegetable gardening project initiated by DA and the Department of Education, will be managed by the schoolchildren themselves to encourage them to plant and eat healthy vegetables.

During the launch, Mr. Felix Joselito Noceda, coordinator of Urban Agriculture Program of the Bureau of Plant Industry, Department of Agriculture (BPI,DA) for NCR and Region-4A , turned over agricultural assistance to the Muntinlupa City local government unit led by Mayor Jaime R. Fresnedi and Congressman Rodolfo G. Biazon.

According to Noceda, the DA has finished crafting a training manual that teaches students from all over the country the fundamentals of vegetable farming. Noceda emphasized the importance of encouraging young children to take part in food production.

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May 24, 2015   Comments Off on Philippines launches a vegetable gardening project to be managed by schoolchildren

Enzo Pinga co-founds urban agriculture company in Philippines

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BK Organics specializes in aquaponic systems, which combine aquaculture – raising freshwater fish, with hydroponics – cultivating plants in water

By Frank Arbogast
News at Gettysburg
Oct 13, 2014

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Aquaponics is a relatively new technology, and BKO is on the forefront of implementing it. In order to create successful prototypes, Enzo conducted research with the Filipino Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. Enzo has taken this knowledge to work in the Metro Manila area educating communities on urban agriculture, and is actively presenting his work with urban agriculture at sustainability conventions.

“Our mission is to spread the technology as far and wide as we can, building farms in places that need it most, for people that do not have regular access to healthy food,” said Enzo.

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October 23, 2014   Comments Off on Enzo Pinga co-founds urban agriculture company in Philippines

Philippines: Urban Container Gardening hopes to boost food security in urban areas

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Davao City is a city in Mindanao, Philippines.

Urban Container Gardening is an initiative that hopes to help boost food security in the country.

By IOsaOnse
CNN
Jan 14, 2014

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For 43-year old Helen Camacho of Purok 13, Barangay Tibungco, Davao City, it is an income-generating hobby. “I started off with only 20 seedlings of chinese cabbages. I, also, go to the nearby cemetery to gather and recycle tetra packs,” shared Helen.

From 20 pechay seedlings, Helen now has over 70 pechay seedlings along with other crops that she cultivates in their house. To make soil containers, Helen personally sews the tetra packs that she gathered from the cemetery. She even forges her own makeshift racks. “Urban Container Gardening is a huge help. I will really strive to improve my garden more”, said Helen excitedly.

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January 20, 2014   Comments Off on Philippines: Urban Container Gardening hopes to boost food security in urban areas

Urban Aquaponic Farming in the Philippines

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Metro Manila – Bahay Kubo Organics

By Enzo Pinga, Ryan Aguas, Maximillian Pascual

Team Bahay Kubo Organics hopes to bring communities together at the center of the growing and selling process by empowering them with urban aquaponic farming.

Bahay Kubo Organics seeks to provide solutions for environmental degradation. This project is particularly concerned with environmental degradation caused by waste by-products from traditional farming. Other problems this project seeks to address are the disruption of food supplies from weather volatility, lack of nutrition, and limited livelihood opportunities for communities. It proposes the use of an aquaponics farming system, and hopefully bring communities together at the center of the growing and selling processes.

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February 14, 2013   Comments Off on Urban Aquaponic Farming in the Philippines

Department of Agriculture urges metro residents to do urban gardening to address insufficient supply of veggies in Central Visayas, Philippines

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Photo of Cebu City in 1990’s.

Cebu’s population is always on the rise while only three percent of its total lands are classified as agricultural lands.

By Fayette C. Rien
Philippine Information Agency
6th of March 2012

CEBU CITY, March 6 (PIA) — Agriculture officials here urged metro residents to do urban gardening and plant vegetables in their backyard or in plain pots to address the insufficient supply of high-value crops in the region.

Jorge Paculba, chief of the crops division of the Department of Agriculture (DA) 7 said the region is only about 56 percent sufficient in vegetables or high-value crops and that most of our supply is imported from other regions.

“A rising population sparking greater demand for vegetables and the existing 89 hotels plus pension houses and 116 restaurants in Cebu make it hard to achieve self-sufficiency in high-value crops,” Paculba declared.

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March 6, 2012   2 Comments

City vacant lots in the Philippines all waiting to be farmed

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“Here in the city, our satisfaction is the aesthetic effect of the gardens and our access to fresh vegetables,” he said.

By Paul M. Icamina
Malaya Business Insight
Jan 2012

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There are a lot of other vacant spaces in the 130-hectare subdivision all waiting to be found by urban farmers.

“I heard lately that the city government is interested in developing similar community gardens,” Reyes said.

For this season, the Luxemburg farmers plant mustard, coriander and Chinese pechay in four vacant lots, ranging in area from 500-2,000 square meters.

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January 13, 2012   Comments Off on City vacant lots in the Philippines all waiting to be farmed

Philippine newspaper reports on urban agriculture

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Urban agriculture: Growing crops in the city

By Henrylito D. Tacio
Sun.Star Davao – source of Philippine community news
March 14, 2010

Farming is always associated with rural areas, rivers and mountains.

Unknowingly, farming can also be done right in the city. Experts call this practice as urban agriculture.

“Urban agriculture refers not merely to the growing of food crops and fruit trees but that it also encompasses the raising of animals, poultry, fish, bees, rabbits, guinea pigs, or other livestock considered edible locally,” explains Dr. Irene Tinker, an American professor in the department of city and regional planning at the University of California.

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March 14, 2010   1 Comment

Aquinas University spearheads urban agriculture in Legazpi, Philippines

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Philippines News Agency
September 1, 2009
LEGAZPI CITY

The Aquinas University of Legazpi (AUL) has implemented a project dubbed “Urban Agriculture through the High-Value Commercial Crops Techno-Demo Farm” within its expansive campus here.

The project features 60-square-meter greenhouse where vegetables highly sensitive to rain and changes in temperature like broccoli, lettuce, cauliflower and honeydew melon are being propagated.

Gardens for more hardy vegetables such as squash, eggplant and watermelon were also established in an open area of 1,000 square meters whose perimeters were planted to rootcrops like ubi and sweet potato.

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November 12, 2009   Comments Off on Aquinas University spearheads urban agriculture in Legazpi, Philippines

I, Gloria M. Arroyo, President of the Philippines, by the power vested in me – by law, do hereby order – Rolling Out The Backyard Food Production Programs In The Urban Areas – January 16, 2009

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Malacañang, Manila
By The President Of The Philippines

Executive Order No. 776
Rolling Out The Backyard Food Production Programs In The Urban Areas

WHEREAS, two-thirds of the world is in recession, though the Philippines is not;

WHEREAS, it is not business as usual; government agencies must hit the round running;

WHEREAS, the government should take advantage of the window of opportunity, i.e. declining inflation and interest rates and good weather;

WHEREAS, the government has committed Three Hundred Billion Pesos (P300,000,000,000.00) to economic stimulus programs, including comprehensive livelihood and emergency employment program (CLEEP), that will save or create millions of new jobs.

WHEREAS, part of CLEEP consists of backyard food production programs like Gulayan ng Masa and the Integrated Services for Livelihood Advancement (ISLA) for subsistence fisherfolk.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GLORIA M. ARROYO, President of the Philippines, by the power vested in me by law, do hereby order:

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February 6, 2009   Comments Off on I, Gloria M. Arroyo, President of the Philippines, by the power vested in me – by law, do hereby order – Rolling Out The Backyard Food Production Programs In The Urban Areas – January 16, 2009